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El Cholo Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Central L.A
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1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
(323) 734-2773
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars

Amazing mexican food in LA!!! I drink a Very good margaritas on The rocks with live performance of mexican music. I can't live to LA without go to this restourant

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
Domenico T
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
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English first
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391 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

We were a party of ten on a Sunday night. The place was packed. We were seated quickly. Drink orders were taken and chips with salsa brought out. Dinner orders were taken next and quickly brought out. The food was absolutely the best I have ever tasted! Don't pass this place up.

Thank Melodycthomas
Level Contributor
25 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant has great food at great prices, stop there before you go to a concert or game at Staples Center and Nokia.....Park your car there too way cheaper than anything close.

Thank MarkE0668
Level Contributor
138 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Oh my-what a menu and the best margaritas too! I loved the menu with descriptions of when the item was added. I opted for a vintage Chicken Quesadilla- and was delighted. So delighted that I enjoyed a margarita....and then another!

Thank Spasister
Los Angeles, California
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63 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Going to El Cholo is a treat for me, since I don't live close to one. My favorite dish to order is the green corn tamale plate with black beans instead of retried beans. Two tamales come on the plate and I either share with my husband (and share a tostada as well) or take one home for another meal.... More 

Thank AB4415
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Amazing mexican food in LA!!! I drink a Very good margaritas on The rocks with live performance of mexican music. I can't live to LA without go to this restourant

Thank Domenico T
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131 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

OK, it's as if Disney had been called in to design a Mexican restaurant, but the service and food are very good, and it is reasonably priced. Visited with a friend early evening mid-week. It's a big restaurant, but already reasonably busy so booking may be advisable. There are complimentary chips and salsa, the margaritas are good, and food is... More 

Thank markw_bd
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I was pleased to have found this very tasty place to eat in the middle of Korea Town. The wait staff were especially hospitable. They were very concerned that my needs were taken care of and that I didn't need anything else. I enjoyed this Mexican food, including the chips and salsa included with the meal.

Thank Aaron S
Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

So my mom kept wanting to take us to this place, because she likes the food and it's piece of history here in the Los Angeles area. My husband and 3 kids and I really love Mexican food, so we were excited to go. The restaurant itself was easy to find, and had neat photos all over the place, and... More 

Thank Simple M
Santa Clarita, California
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133 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

El Cholo has been around since 1923! The one we went to was on Western Ave., in Los Angeles. The margarita was very good, very fresh tasting. The chips and salsa were very good, warm, salty, just like they were just made, which they probably were. I had the shrimp fajitas. There was a ton of shrimp and the vegetables... More 

Thank mamaduck131
Fanwood, New Jersey
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by my hotel's concierge. I went with a bunch of colleagues. We all liked our table which was in the back room. Our food was delicious! And the signature guacamole was to die for. And the drinks were generous and awesome. Service was great, too! Highly recommended!

Thank Layn33

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighborhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: (323) 734-2773

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene


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